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  • 18.09.1979 Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, New Haven CT, USA [S] [SA] [B] [T]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult

  • 19.09.1979 Civic Center, Glens Falls NY, USA [S] [SA] [T]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult

  • 20.09.1979 War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester NY, USA [S] [SA] [T]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult

  • 21.09.1979 Cobo Hall, Detroit MI, USA [S] [SA] [B] [T]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult

  • 22.09.1979 Civic Center, Lansing MI, USA [S] [SA] [T] [R]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult

  • 23.09.1979 Lakeview Arena, Marquette MI, USA
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult - It seems Rainbow was cancelled this night

  • 26.09.1979 Broome County Veterans' Memorial Arena, Binghamton NY, USA [S] [SA] [R]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult

  • 27.09.1979 Erie County Field House, Erie PA, USA [S] [SA] [T] [R]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult

  • 28.09.1979 Memorial Auditorium, Utica NY, USA [S] [SA] [T]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult

  • 29.09.1979 Spectrum, Philadelphia PA, USA [S] [SA] [B] [T] [M] [R]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult

  • 30.09.1979 Civic Center, Baltimore MA, USA [S] [SA] [B] [T] [M] [R]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult

  • 02.10.1979 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Columbus OH, USA [S] [SA] [T] [M] [R]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult

  • 03.10.1979 Wendler Arena, Saginaw MI, USA [S] [SA] [T]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult

  • 04.10.1979 War Memorial, Buffalo NY, USA [S] [SA] [T]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult

  • 05.10.1979 Civic Arena, Pittsburgh PA, USA [S] [SA] [T] [M] [R]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult

  • 06.10.1979 Hara Arena, Dayton OH, USA [S] [SA] [T]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult

  • 07.10.1979 Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland OH, USA [S] [SA] [T] [M] [R]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult - story said this show was abandoned due to crowd trouble
    in reality Blackmore and Airey had a fight on stage


  • 10.10.1979 Dane County Memorial Coliseum, Madison WI, USA [S] [SA] [B] [T]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult

  • 11.10.1979 Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena, Green Bay WI, USA [M] [R]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult - Rainbow didn't play, instead Sweetbottom played

  • 12.10.1979 International Amphitheatre, Chicago IL, USA [S] [SA] [B] [T] [M]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult - recorded by radio station

    It's not sure if Rainbow did any dates after October 12th together with Blue Öyster Cult
  • 13.10.1979 Civic Auditorium, Omaha NE, USA [T] [M]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult - Rainbow didn't play - Someone in the band got ill

  • 14.10.1979 Hammons Center, Springfield MO, USA [T] [M] [R]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult - Rainbow didn't play - Someone in the band got ill

  • 16.10.1979 Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo MI, USA [T] [M]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult - unconfirmed
    It's not sure if Rainbow did any dates after October 12th together with Blue Öyster Cult


  • 18.10.1979 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis IN, USA [T] [M] [R]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult - Rainbow didn't play - The Hounds were a last minute replacement.

  • 20.10.1979 Freedom Hall Civic Centre, Johnson City TN, USA [T] [R]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult - some sources claim this was October 19
    Rainbow cancelled and replaced by Robert Palmer


  • 21.10.1979 Civic Center, Huntington WV, USA
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult - unconfirmed
    It's not sure if Rainbow did any dates after October 12th together with Blue Öyster Cult


  • 24.10.1979 The Armory, Springfield IL, USA [T] [M]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult - unconfirmed
    It's not sure if Rainbow did any dates after October 12th together with Blue Öyster Cult


  • 25.10.1979 Pauley Pavilion UCLA, Los Angeles CA, USA
    support/headliner: unknown - unconfirmed
    It's not sure if Rainbow did any dates after October 12th together with Blue Öyster Cult


  • 26.10.1979 Met Center, Minneapolis MN, USA [T] [M]
    headliner: Blue Öyster Cult - possible support acts: Rocket, Black Oak Arkansas [unconfirmed]
    final date of this tour but Rainbow didn't play - a report says "instead the
    Machine Head album was played through the PA in its entirety, before BÖC came on"


    European tour dates were cancelled in order to continue the assault on North America
  • 05.11.1979 Stadthalle, Offenbach, Germany cancelled

  • 06.11.1979 Niedersachsenhalle, Hannover, Germany cancelled

  • 07.11.1979 Münsterlandhalle, Münster, Germany cancelled

  • 08.11.1979 Forest National, Brussels, Belgium cancelled

  • 09.11.1979 Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands cancelled

  • 11.11.1979 Sporthalle, Cologne, Germany cancelled

  • 16.11.1979 Eppelheim Rhein-Neckarhalle, Heidelberg, Germany cancelled

  • 17.11.1979 Neunkirchen Hemmerleinhalle, Nürnberg, Germany cancelled

  • 18.11.1979 Gruga-Halle, Essen, Germany cancelled

  • 19.11.1979 Stadthalle, Bremen, Germany cancelled

  • 20.11.1979 Circus Krone, Munich, Germany cancelled

  • 22.11.1979 Oberschwabenhalle, Ravensburg, Germany cancelled

    UK dates had been planned for December

    The band were then reported instead to be playing twenty shows in the USA as headliners
  • 06.11.1979 Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz CA, USA [S] [SA] [T] [M] [R] [P]
    support act: Tom Johnston

  • 07.11.1979 Auditorium Arena, Oakland CA, USA [S] [SA] [T] [M] [R]
    support act: John Cougar and The Zone, Randy Hansen's Machine Gun

  • 09.11.1979 Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino CA, USA [S] [SA] [T] [M]
    support acts: John Cougar and The Zone, Randy Hansen's Machine Gun
    After the Oakland show reports said Blackmore insisted Hansen would play after Rainbow


  • 10.11.1979 Fox Theater, San Diego CA, USA [S] [SA] [M]
    support act: John Cougar and The Zone - venue: now known as the Copley Symphony Hall

  • 11.11.1979 Long Beach Arena, Los Angeles CA, USA [S] [SA] [B] [M] [R]
    support acts: John Cougar and The Zone, Randy Hansen's Machine Gun
    After the Oakland show reports said Blackmore insisted Hansen would play after Rainbow


  • 13.11.1979 Warners Theatre, Fresno CA, USA [S] [SA] [B] [T]
    support act: John Cougar and The Zone

  • 15.11.1979 Terrace Ballroom, Salt Lake City UT, USA [S] [SA]
    support act: John Cougar and The Zone

  • 16.11.1979 Rainbow Music Hall, Denver CO, USA [S] [SA] [B] [T]
    support act: John Cougar and The Zone - recorded for radio

  • ??.11.1979 Sports Arena, Toledo OH, USA [S] [SA]
    support act: John Cougar and The Zone

  • 19.11.1979 Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI, USA [T]
    cancelled - possible rescheduled to December 13

  • 20.11.1979 Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI, USA [T]
    cancelled - rescheduled to December 11

  • 21.11.1979 Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI, USA [T]
    cancelled - rescheduled to December 12

  • ??.11.1979 Cobo Hall, Detroit MI, USA
    according to the Tb7U13FD Rainbow only did 2 shows in Royal Oak Music Hall

  • 23.11.1979 Beacon Theater, New York City NY, USA [S] [T]
    support act: unknown

  • 26.11.1979 Catholic Youth Center, Scranton PA, USA [S] [SA] [M]
    support act: Scorpions

  • 27.11.1979 War Memorial Auditorium, Worchester MA, USA [S] [SA] [T] [P]
    support act: Scorpions

  • 30.11.1979 Calderone Concert Hall, Hempstead Long Island NY, USA [S] [B] [T] [M]
    support act: Scorpions - recorded for radio

  • 01.12.1979 Capitol Theater, Passaic NJ, USA [S] [SA] [T] [M] [P]
    support act: Scorpions

  • 02.12.1979 Agricultural Hall, Allentown PA, USA [S] [SA] [M] [R]
    support act: Scorpions

  • 04.12.1979 Stanley Theater, Pittsburgh PA, USA [S] [SA] [T] [M] [P]
    support act: Gamma

  • 05.12.1979 Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland ME, USA [S]
    support act: unknown

  • 06.12.1979 Manning Bowl, Lynn MA, USA [S] [SA] [B]
    support act: unknown

  • 07.12.1979 Ocean State Performing Arts Centre, Providence RI, USA [S] [SA] [T]
    support act: Scorpions

  • 08.12.1979 Landmark Theatre, Syracuse NY, USA [S] [SA] [T]
    support act: Gamma

  • 09.12.1979 Palace Theater, Albany NY, USA [S] [SA] [T]
    support act: Scorpions

  • 11.12.1979 Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI, USA [S] [SA] [T] [M]
    support act: Cub Koda, Cadillac Kidz - rescheduled from November 20

  • 12.12.1979 Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI, USA [S] [SA] [T] [M]
    support act: Cub Koda, Cadillac Kidz - rescheduled from November 21

  • 13.12.1979 Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI, USA [S] [SA] [B] [T] [M]
    support act: Gamma - rescheduled after a cancellation twenty minutes prior to the doors opened earlier in the year



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